A Workbook for Arguments: A Complete Course in Critical Thinking

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Overview

A Workbook for Arguments builds on Anthony Weston's Rulebook for Arguments to provide a complete textbook for a course in critical thinking or informal logic. Workbook includes:

The entire text of Rulebook, supplemented with extensive further explanations and exercises.

Homework exercises adapted from a wide range of arguments from newspapers, philosophical texts, literature, movies, videos, and other sources.

Practical advice to help students succeed when applying the Rulebook's rules to the examples in the homework exercises.

Suggestions for further practice, outlining activities that students can do by themselves or with classmates to improve their skills.

Detailed instructions for in-class activities and take-home assignments designed to engage students.

An appendix on mapping arguments, giving students a solid introduction to this vital skill in constructing complex and multi-step arguments and evaluating them.

Model answers to odd-numbered problems, including commentaries on the strengths and weaknesses of selected sample answers and further discussion of some of the substantive intellectual, philosophical, or ethical issues they raise.

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Editorial Reviews

Michael Strawser
"An exceptional textbook that will be an invaluable resource to both students and instructors. Those familiar with Weston's popular A Rulebook for Arguments will be delighted by this comprehensive workbook, which includes detailed and entertaining sets of exercises for each rule (Part I), engaging model student responses (Part II), and well-crafted activities to develop critical thinking skills (Part III)."
--Michael Strawser, University of Central Florida
Joanne B. Ciulla
"This comprehensive text models what it teaches. It combines concise principles of critical thinking with delightful examples and engaging exercises."
--Joanne B. Ciulla, University of Richmond
Daniela Vallega-Neu
"Workbook not only provides a basic introduction to critical thinking but also contains a wealth of exercises, sample answers, and evaluations of sample arguments conducive to deepening and applying critical thinking skills, both in writing and in oral presentations. It is a valuable asset for critical thinking courses and is accessible both in terms of the clear structure of its content and its price."
--Daniela Vallega-Neu, University of Oregon
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603845496
  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/11/2011
  • Pages: 500
  • Sales rank: 289,727
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony Weston is Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at Elon University.

David R. Morrow is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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